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Norfolk and Suffolk college celebrates graduation of dozens of students

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 26 October 2017

Graduates from the Easton and Otley graduation 2017. Picture: John Nice

Graduates from the Easton and Otley graduation 2017. Picture: John Nice

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Dozens of students celebrated higher education qualifications at the graduation ceremony of a Norfolk and Suffolk college.

Cassandra Barrett, who won student of the year and an award for academic achievement at the Easton and Otley College graduation. Picture: John Nice Cassandra Barrett, who won student of the year and an award for academic achievement at the Easton and Otley College graduation. Picture: John Nice

More than 300 people watched on as 88 Easton and Otley College students graduated last week.

The students, whose qualifications are validated by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Huddersfield, were joined by friends, family and college staff at the occasion.

Jane Townsend, interm principal, said: “Without doubt this is one of the highlights of our year. Special moments like this help remind you why it’s such a pleasure to work in education.

“Not only are we proud of you, we are proud of the fact that our degrees help lead to opportunities beyond the classroom.

Interm principal, Jane Townsend, with Phil Gilmartin, of the Univesrity of East Anglia, at the Easton and Otley College graduation. Picture: John Nice Interm principal, Jane Townsend, with Phil Gilmartin, of the Univesrity of East Anglia, at the Easton and Otley College graduation. Picture: John Nice

“For example, amidst this year’s graduates we have seen animal and conservation students travel to South Africa and Costa Rica, a landscape garden designer win a bronze medal at the Chelsea Flower Show and we have also watched one of our sports learners continue to make a mark in the world of professional football.

“You are amazing individuals and we celebrate your achievements.”

A series of special awards were handed out to the graduates, including student of the year, which was given to Cassandra Barrett.

Joy Wilding won the award for best dissertation, Rosie Hammond won contribution to college life, Aiden Holden won the endeavour award, Phil Quinn won his for best industry related project, Ryan Hawkins secured his for progress and Miss Barrett won academic achievement.

Staff at the Easton and Otley graduation. Picture: John Nice Staff at the Easton and Otley graduation. Picture: John Nice

Philip Gilmartin, pro vice-chancellor of science at UEA, said: “We are in the business of delivering first class higher education and looking after our students and Easton and Otley College is a kindred spirit in striving for excellence in all that it does.

“Congratulations to you as graduates on your achievements.”

Emma Willis also picked up the award for the best in service trainee of the year, and Lydia Barnard was crowned best pre-service trainee of the year.

• Do you have an education story we should be writing about? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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